I had hoped, not expected but hoped, for three. We had the star power. We had the arena. We had the organizational support, the salary cap etc. All these things should have given the pens better footing than the Mario era Pens. Mario won two, I wanted Sid/Geno to win three.
Now we go one of two ways:
1) Continue to crumble, cycling coach after coach, player after player, trying to find the winning formula, aka the Washington Capitals. Shudder.
2) We put ourselves back together, build a competitive team year after year through sound drafting and roster moves, and hope one of these years everything clicks before Sid and Geno get too old to get it done, aka the Detroit Red Wings.
It's probably too late to be the Blackhawks. They burned it all down after their first cup, but in doing so traded enough pieces away that they could retool quickly. We probably don't have the pieces to trade away to do that now.